One person simply tweeted: “Vatican on fire”.
Plumes of dark smoke can be seen rising from the walled city
Alarming footage from the scene shows black smoke pouring into the sky
“The smoke was drifting high over my apartment.”
Photos show a fire raging behind a building, and it is said to have taken hold in the Primavalle district of Rome.
The fire is reportedly coming from a neighbourhood behind the Vatican
Some 50 vehicles are thought to have been destroyed in the inferno, after starting in a car and spending throughout the yard.
The heat set off a series of explosions, sending pieces of cars shooting into the air.
A nearby building was evacuated while firefighters grappled with the fire.
The fire is said to be coming from a neighbourhood behind the Vatican, and the blaze is not inside the city walls.
Local reports indicate the fire is at a nearby car pound, and has “shrouded a building”.
The home of the Pontiff, the Vatican is the smallest country in the world measuring just 0.2 square miles.